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Volume 697: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the level of accuracy of recent figures showing rapidly rising completion rates for apprenticeships. [HL665]

The highest possible level of accuracy in published apprenticeship completion rates is ensured by a combination of quality-assurance arrangements. Completion rates are based on individual learner data submitted in a standard format by Learning and Skills Council (LSC)-funded apprenticeship providers. Providers' internal quality processes alongside qualification-awarding bodies' verification processes ensure that learner assessments are robust and accurate. In addition, LSC audits monitor the public funding claimed by each learning provider that delivers apprenticeships.